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Styles Court Reserve & 100 Steps

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published April 10th 2022
It's a challenge, but an easy one
If you think the 1000 steps in Tremont (Melways 74. H.2.) is beyond you, try the 100 steps in Wonga Park.

steps
Nineteen of the steps.

At the end of Styles Court is Styles Court Reserve. A feature of this small reserve is several large landscaped garden beds. They are all based on the mature trees scattered around the reserve.

Styles Court sign.
Styles Court Reserve entrance.


garden bed.
Garden bed around mature gum trees.

They appear to be maintained by the residents of an abutting, but unfenced property, as it is difficult to separate the private and public land as both have the same plants and garden ornaments. Two different wind chimes would add to the enjoyment of the area on a windy day.

aeoniums
Aeonium succulents.


Wind chimes.
Wind chimes.

There are many large birds atop poles in both areas which look a lot like owls. Aeoniums and other succulents are also spread throughout both areas. There was one bush of plumbago flowers which added a little colour to its verdant surroundings.

pretend owls.
They do look like owls.


Plumbago bush.
Plumbago bush.


Garden bed
Another one of the landscaped areas in the reserve..

A real bird conveniently landed upon a gum tree branch. It was easily identified as a currawong by the yellow circle around its eye.

currawong
Nicely posed.

The reason I sought out this reserve was seeing 100 steps marked in my Melways. A gravel path leads to them as they zig-zag down to Barooga Drive.
100 steps.
The zig-zaging make them less daunting.


They were easier to navigate than I was expecting. The steps were wide and only a few centimetres high.

steps
The steps are large and shallow.

Along the way I encountered a parrot landing in an overhead tree and departing almost as quick, allowing only one not perfect photo.

parrot
I think it's a parrot.

The area where the 100 steps descend is in a narrow strip of land between private properties. It was in one of these properties I saw a large grevillea bush.

Grevilleas
Colourful grevillea bush.

Back up at top of the stairs and into the reserve several early flowering golden wattle trees were noticed and naturally photographed.

Wattle blossoms.
Wattle blossoms.


The adjacent garden has several decorative pots containing succulents which really stood out with backlighting from the sun.

succulents in pots.
Succulents in pots.

At the end of Styles Court, there is space for about two cars to park without infringing on residents' access to their properties. Parking on Barooga Drive may be a better option. An advantage there is that it is downhill on your return journey.

end of steps.
End of steps at Barooga Drive.

Yes, there are 100 steps - I counted them, although on my uphill return walk I was convinced there were more.

reserve sign
Where it all starts, or ends.
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Why? It's a challenge.
When: anytime
Where: Styles Court, Wonga Park. Melways map: 24. H.9.
Cost: Free
Your Comment
The steps look like a good forrm of exercise Neil but I dont think I would be able to stop looking at the wildlife. Beautiful
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|5416) 176 days ago
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